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July 9, 2020

Chair Lydia Howell began a two-year term as president of the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Professor Nam Tran participated in a panel discussion on serologic testing for COVID-19 for Medscape.

Professor Alexander Borowsky’s recent lecture at the inaugural virtual Immuno-oncology 2020 meeting in June is now available on-demand. 

UCD Health’s annual Quality Forum featured five posters authored by members of the department.  Topics including implementation of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin, use of error tracker for FDA compliance in transfusion, frequency of Her-2 discordance, new platforms for Quantiferon-Gold testing.

Assistant Professor and Transfusion Director Sarah Barnhard has been elected Secretary of the Medical Staff, beginning the path to serving as Chief of Staff in a few years.

Director of Neuropathology Lee-Way Jin is the 2019-20 recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Research

June 3, 2020

Professor emeritus Jerry Kost has received a 2020-21 Fulbright Award for his project “Preparedness, Point-of-Care, and Resilience:  Stopping Outbreaks and Assuring Equitable Care for Island and High-Risk Association of Southeast Asian Nations”. 

Associate Dean of Curriculum Kristin Olson received the Basic Science Teaching Award from the School of Medicine’s Class of 2020.

The Chief of the Medical Staff Joanne Natale honored two department faculty members with awards for their exemplary leadership:  Sarah Barnhard for cultivating reliable, safe, and dependable transfusion services, and Nam Tran for establishing world-class COVID-19 testing.

The molecular pathology team performed its 10,000th test for SARS-CoV-2 just three months after relaxation of federal regulations permitting testing by university laboratories.

Richard Levenson received a COVID Catalyst award for his project “Intra-nasal chitosan for COVID-19” from the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at UC Berkeley. 

Director of Transfusion Medicine Sarah Barnhard is featured in an online video for UCDavis Live describing treatment for COVID-19 with convalescent plasma.

May 1, 2020

Assistant Professor Kristin Grimsrud is participating in preclinical testing of immune response from VaxiPatch, a single-dose vaccination kit that uses a dermal patch with a metal microneedle array to deliver vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.  Dr. Grimsrud is the lead scientist at the Mouse Biology Program. 

Assistant Professor David Unold is the co-principle investigator on an expanded access protocol approved by the US Food & Drug Administration to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients with plasma donated by previously infected patients.  

On April 22, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Project Echo featured a presentation on Hematopathology & Machine Learning by Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education and Informatics Hooman Rashidi!! 

Vice President Pence highlighted UC Davis as a leader in establishing coronavirus testing in the state of California at his press conference on April 20, 2020.

HemeQuiz 1, an app created by our very own residency program director Hooman Rashidi, is now ranked #79 among all medical apps.

Distinguished Professor Ralph Green helped create a pop-up lab for UC Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute SARS-COV-2 Testing Consortium.  The story behind their rapid 3-week transformation of a research lab into a clinical laboratory was published in Medrxiv.

April 22, 2020

On April 4, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with UC Davis and UC San Diegoto create COVID-19 testing hubs throughout the state of California.   Senior Director of Clinical Pathology Nam Tran has been appointed to a task force to oversee this effort.

Chair Lydia Howell and Senior Director of Clinical Pathology Nam Tran share the significance of the new COVID-19 test offered at UC Davis Health.

Assistant Professor John Paul Graff and the hematopathology team describe unusual hematologic findings in the first community-acquired COVID-19 infection in a report published in the American Journal of Hematology. 

On April 1, the Wall Street Journal featured the availability of COVID-19 testing at UC Davis Health In a news article.

Department chair emeritus George Lundberg shares his life story and views on the future of pathology in the March 2020 issue of the ASCP's publication The Pathologist.

In-house COVID-19 testing developed by the department and exceptional effort by laboratory staff allowed three patients to receive life-saving kidney transplants.

March 23, 2020

On March 14, 2020, a front page story in the Los Angeles Times featured the department’s effort to expand in-house COVID-19 testing with a new state-of-the-art instrument.

Resident Ying Liu received two awards for her poster at the 109th Annual US & Canadian Academy of Pathology: 2nd place from the Chinese American Pathologists Association’s Best Abstract Awards and Honorable Award from International Association of Chinese Pathologists Best Abstract competition. 

The 109th Annual US & Canadian Academy of Pathology include eight poster presentations from our department including work on AI/ML, novel microscopy methods, new rapid staining methods, and molecular pathology.  Presenters include faculty Farzad Fereidouni, Kuang-yu Jen, Kurt Schaberg, and residents Ying Liu and Alejandro Mendoza. 

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Richard Levenson spoke on the evolution of microscopy at the History of Pathology Society’s companion meeting at 109th Annual US & Canadian Academy of Pathology on March 1, 2020.  

Biophysicist Farzad Fereidouni PhD joined the department as assistant professor.  His research includes biophotonics approaches to novel tissue imaging.  

February 20, 2020

Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan received a UCD Global Affairs Seed Grant to generate novel nano-formulated oral drugs for colon cancer and other cancers in collaboration with Taipei Medical University's College of Pharmacy.  

Professor Jeff Gregg spoke at the California State Capitol as part of the Promise of Precision Medicine and Biomarker Testing in Cancer Symposium, sponsored by the LUNGevity Foundation on February 11, 2020. His topic was “The Importance of Comprehensive Genomic/Biomarker Profiling and it's Role in Clinical Treatment for Advanced Cancer”

Professor and Vice Chair of Informatics Hooman Rashidi and Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger shared their AI/ML work at UC Davis' Data Science Day on February 10, 2020.

Professor Alexander (Sandy) Borowsky was a speaker in Radiomics, Digital Detection, Pathomics, and Big Data session at the 7th Annual US-Japan Workshop on Biomarkers for Cancer Early Detection, in Tokyo on January 26-27, 2020. 

Associate Professor Konstantinos Zarbalis spoke on “Stem Cells and Autism: From Brain Development to Therapy” at the Annual Fall Regenerative Medicine Lecture at California State University Sacramento on 11/20/2019.

January 29, 2020

Nam Tran and Hooman Rashidi’s article “Early-Recognition of Burn- and Trauma-related Acute Kidney Injury: A Pilot Comparison of Machine Learning Techniques” was published in Nature Scientific Reports.

Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger was a panelist at the Precision Medicine World Conference in Santa Clara, CA on January 21-24, 2020.  She spoke on implementing machine learning decision support in hospitals and healthcare systems.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technology Richard Levenson was elected a fellow of the international society for optics and photonics, SPIE. 

Vice Chair of Informatics Hooman Rashidi and his machine-learning optimizer, MILO, was featured at UC Davis’ Biotech Innovation Gallery during the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference on January 14, 2020 in San Francisco.

The 15 year experience from the department’s Edmondson Summer Research Internship program was published in Academic Pathology, the official journal of the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Associate Professor Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno spoke on “Cortical Intralaminar Astrocytes During Development and Evolution” at the Winter Colloquia for UC Davis’ Center for the Advancement of Multi-Cultural Perspectives in Science (CAMPOS) on January 9, 2020.

Assistant Professor Kristin Grimsrud’s poster “Challenges and Lessons Learned from Clinical Opioid Pharmacogenetics in Burn Patients” won the Clinical Innovation Award at UC Davis’ Human Genomics Symposium on Nov. 22, 2020.


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